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Guide to the Jane Lathrop Stanford Papers
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    Call Number: SC0033B
    Creator: Stanford, Jane Lathrop, 1828-1905.
    Title: Jane Lathrop Stanford papers
    Dates: 1860-1975
    Bulk Dates: 1860-1905
    Physical Description: 10.5 Linear feet
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Green Library
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: specialcollections@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information


    Custodial History

    Gifts of Jane Lathrop Stanford, Thomas Welton Stanford, David Starr Jordan, Helen Stanford Canfield, David H. Canfield, and others; also includes purchases.

    Information about Access

    The materials are open for research use.

    Ownership & Copyright

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.

    Cite As

    [Identification of item], Jane Lathrop Stanford Papers (SC0033B). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    Jane Eliza Lathrop was born August 25, 1828, the daughter of Dyer Lathrop of Albany, New York. In 1850 she married Leland Stanford, returning with him to California in 1855 where they settled in Sacramento. Leland Stanford later became President of the Southern Pacific Railroad and Governor of California. Their only child, Leland Stanford, Jr., was born in 1868. During a European tour in 1884 he contracted typhoid fever and died in Florence, Italy. In 1885, Jane and Leland Stanford founded the Leland Stanford Junior University, in memory of their son. Jane was a full partner with her husband in the planning of the University, which opened in the fall of 1891. After her husband's death in 1893, she overcame great financial hardships to keep the University open until her husband's estate was settled. Thereafter, she directed expansion of the campus. She died on February 28, 1905 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

    Scope and Content

    The papers of Jane L. Stanford pertain largely to the founding and administration of Stanford University, along with her personal and social affairs; included in the papers are correspondence, business records, legal and financial papers, speeches, newsclippings, and biographical materials.

    Access Terms

    Anthony, Susan B., (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906.
    Branner, John Casper, 1850-1922.
    Cesnola, Luigi Parma di, 1832-1904.
    Crocker, Charles Frederick.
    Crothers, George E. (George Edward), 1870-1957.
    Day, Clinton.
    Gurke Ranch (Calif.).
    Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901
    Hopkins, Timothy, 1859-1937.
    Jenkins, Oliver Peebles,, Mrs.
    Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931
    Jordan, Jessie Knight, 1867?-1952
    Lathrop family.
    Lathrop, Ariel.
    Lathrop, Charles G. (Charles Gardner), 1849-1914.
    Lathrop, Dyer,, 1787-1855.
    Lathrop, Jane Ann Shields.
    Leib, Samuel Franklin, 1848-1924.
    Nash, Herbert C.
    Newton, Heber.
    Pacific Improvement Company.
    Palo Alto Stock Farm (Stanford, Calif.)
    Ross, Edward Alsworth,, 1866-1951.
    Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge.
    Shields, Daniel.
    Sloss, Leon.
    Smith, Nicholas T.
    Southern Pacific Company
    Stanford Alumni Association
    Stanford University -- General subdivision--Faculty.;
    Stanford University. Cantor Arts Center.
    Stanford University. Faculty Club.
    Stanford University. Japanese Students Association.
    Stanford University. Libraries.
    Stanford University. Memorial Church
    Stanford, Charles Villiers, 1852-1924.
    Stanford, Gertrude.
    Stanford, Helen M.
    Stanford, Jane Lathrop, 1828-1905.
    Stanford, Josiah Winslow, 1864-1937.
    Stanford, Leland, 1868-1884.
    Stanford, Thomas Welton, 1832-1918.
    Suzzallo, Henry,, 1875-1933.
    Taylor, Edward Robeson,, 1838-1923.
    Claims against decedents' estates.
    Executors and administrators.
    Palo Alto (Calif.)--History.
    Universities and colleges--Administration.
    Vina Ranch (Calif.)